infobox UK place
country = England
static_image_caption= Boundaries of the city council ward.
civil_parish= Westbury on Trym
population = 10,348 [cite web | title=Westbury on Trym | work=2001 Census Ward Information Sheet | url=http://www.bristol.gov.uk/WardFinder/pdfs/westbury-on-trym-wis.pdf | accessdate=2007-02-21]
region= South West England
constituency_westminster= Bristol North West
postcode_district = BS9/10
Westbury-on-Trym is a
suburbin north Bristol, near the suburbs of Stoke Bishop, Westbury Parkand Henbury, in the southwest of England. Westbury-on-Trym has a village atmosphere. The place is partly named after the River Trymthat flows through it.
The origins of Westbury on Trym predate those of Bristol itself. At the end of the 8th century, King
Offa of Merciagranted land at Westbury to his minister, Aethelmund. Later there was a monasteryat Westbury, probably initially a secular one, with married clergy. This changed towards the end of the 10th century when Oswald, in whose diocesethe monastery lay, sent a party of 12 monks to follow more stringent rules at the Westbury monastery.
architectEdnoth constructed a new church and other buildings.The monastery became a collegewith a dean and canons at the end of the 13th century. It was rebuilt in the mid-15th century to resemble a miniature castlewith turrets and a gatehouse. The Royalist Prince Rupert of the Rhineused it as his quarters during the English Civil War. When he left, in 1643, he ordered it to be set on fire so that the Parliamentarians could not make use of it. It was restored in the 20th century and the grounds were adapted for housing elderly people.
The current Church of the Holy Trinity dates from 1194 (although there has been a place of worship on the site since 717), with an early 13th century nave and aisles, and 15th century chancel, chapels and tower. It is a grade I
listed building. [cite web | title=Church of the Holy Trinity | work=Images of England | url=http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/search/details.aspx?id=379174 | accessdate=2007-02-20]
More recently, the Victorian mansions of Westbury on Trym have become popular as homes amongst local celebrities including
Roni Size, Justin Lee Collinsand Dr Alice Roberts. Westbury on Trym is known locally as the 'Westcountry's Primrose Hill'.
Westbury-on-Trym has three Indian restaurants along the High Street, as well as The Villager Restaurant (Modern English) [http://www.villager-restaurant.co.uk] at the end of College Road, eight pubs and several cafes. A medium-sized
Somerfieldsupermarket is in the centre of the village, along with banks and independent stores including book shops, craft stores, hardware shops and florists. During 2001, a large Sainsbury's was proposed, but the opposition to the plan was so strong from local villagers that the supermarket construction was eventually scrapped. There are a number of charity shopsin the village. Two free car parks are available for shoppers.
Schools within the area include
Elmlea Infant School, Elmlea Junior Schooland Westbury-on-Trym CE Primary School. Independent schools include the prestigious girls' schools Badminton, which has recently taught notable pupils such as King Hussein of Jordan's daughter and the Sultan of Brunei's daughter; and St Ursula's School, Bristol's only independent Roman Catholicschool.
A new surgery is being constructed for Westbury near to the Holy Trinity Church and the Westbury Hill Car Park. This will replace the current surgery which is housed in a building on Falcondale Road.
Canford Cemetery opened in 1903, acquiring a
Transport routes include the A4018, which runs from the city centre to
Cribbs Causeway; Westbury is served by bus routes 1, 20, 21, 517, 518, 584, 585, 624, N8 and a bus service (X14) also connects Westbury-on-Trym with Chepstowand Newport, South Wales.
* [http://trymtales.blogspot.com/ Westbury on Trym's online community magazine]
* [http://www.about-bristol.co.uk/wot-00.asp An online tour of historical Westbury on Trym]
* [http://www.westbury-parish-church.org.uk Westbury-on-Trym's historic parish church]
* [http://www.westbury-on-trym.bristol.sch.uk Westbury-on-Trym CE Primary School]
* [http://www.elmlea-jun.bristol.sch.uk Elmlea Junior School]
* [http://www.elmleainfant.ik.org Elmlea Infant School]
* http://www.westburysurgery.co.uk/ Official site of the Westbury-On-Trym Surgery
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